Windhoek - Namibia’s national team temporary coach, Bobby Samaria, was a happy man after his team progressed to the next round of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) African Nations Championship (CHAN) despite being held to a goalless draw in the second leg by Comoros.
The Brave Warriors progressed on aggregate to the second round of the CHAN qualifiers, thanks to the 2 goals they scored in Moroni in the first leg last week.
On Sunday, however, the team failed to convert any of the many chances they created, leaving many fans frustrated.
Insult was added to injury when Comoros national football team coach, Amir Abdou, in his post-match interview, said that they brought a third team to get experience.
Samaria, however, said he couldn’t care less whether it was the first or the third team.
“Let’s not fool ourselves and agree to lies. It doesn’t matter what they say, the fact is this is a Comoros team. I am just happy that we have gone through and now we can look forward to the next round,” he said.
Namibia will now play Madagascar, who edged Mozambique 3-3 on aggregate, in the last round between 20 September and 18 October 2019 to determine who will qualify for 2020 CHAN to be hosted in Cameroon.
Before that tie, however, the Brave Warriors have to play Eritrea for the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals preliminaries between 2 to 10 September 2019.
Samaria, and the nation at large is, however, not sure who is going to take charge of the team for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers as no permanent coach has been appointed ever since Ricardo Mannetti’s contract expired end of July.
Samaria’s short term contract is only for CHAN.
“Of course, we are happy to have progressed to the next round of qualifiers for CHAN but there is still a tricky match against Eritrea to be played but we have to engage the NC (FIFA Namibia Football Association National Committee) to map the way forward,” said Samaria.
The Brave Warriors’ head coach vacant position is still up for grabs ever since Mannetti’s contract was not renewed in January.
The Brave Warriors will also start the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers in November 2019.
Namibia are in Group A together with Guinea, Mali and the winner of the Liberia versus Chad clash to be contested in October 2019.
The Brave Warriors will be at home in their opening game of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers against the winner of the preliminary encounter between Chad and Liberia on match-day one and for match-day two, they will travel to Guinea Conakry. The hosting associations will have to communicate a date from between 11-19 November 2019 to CAF to confirmation.
The qualifiers will then take a long break and only return between 31 August and 8 September 2020 with match day three and four where the Brave Warriors will travel to Mali and then host them in Windhoek.
Match-day five will be between 5-13 October 2020 as Namibia visit either Liberia or Chad for the penultimate Group A game while the final matches of the group will be contested on match-day 6 between 9-17 November 2020. The first and the runners-up of the 11 groups will qualify to the final tournament to be hosted by Cameroon.